New research, funded by the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (one of the National Institutes of Health) shows that the anticonvulsant medication gabapentin (brand name Neurontin ), which is used for certain types of seizures, can be an effective treatment for the pain and other symptoms associated with fibromyalgia . In this randomized, double-blind clinical trial of 150 people (90 percent women) with fibromyalgia, Lesley M. Arnold, M.D., director of the Women's Health Research Program at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, and her colleagues found that those taking 1,200 to 2,400 mg of gabapentin daily for 12 weeks displayed significantly less pain than those taking a placebo. Patients taking gabapentin also reported significantly better sleep and less fatigue. For the majority of participants, the drug was well tolerated. The most common side effects included dizziness and sedation, which were mild to moderate in seve...
Many people winterize the house, the car, and the landscaping in preparation for freezing temperatures. How about winterizing you? If you have chronic pain, you know what happens when it gets cold outside . Everything starts to ache. Everything starts to get stiff. And life gets just a little more miserable. Wintertime does not have to be all bad if you can make a few adjustments to help your body prepare for colder temperatures. Some adjustments might need to happen in the medicine cabinet. Medications can be added, increased or eliminated to help make life a little more bearable during the Burrrr-winter.
Adding a medication just for the winter months can be extremely useful and proactive. One medication that might be worth adding is Celebrex, an anti-inflammatory drug. Daily use of Celebrex all year long for years on end is usually not advisable. However, using Celebrex daily for a short period of time, like during the winter time, might be a good way to keep those aches and p...
I continue to have about 8 major migraines each month, but since I started gabapentin (now 2400mg per day) I have not had an aura or pain between successfully treated headaches (Migranal) I had frequent aura with or without headache until I started this drug and scalp pain between headaches. Can gabapentin stop aura? Thanks. Jocelyn.
If you have an aura, you have a Migraine, regardless of whether it includes a headache or not. It would appear that gabapentin is helping reduce the severity of your Migraines, but isn't actually preventing them. In situation such as this one, your doctor may want to add a second medication to the mix or discontinue the gabapentin and try something different.
In either case, you need to consult your physician about this.
Good luck, John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert
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